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EU to spend €20m to strengthen education in Borno

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EU to spend €20m to strengthen education in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The European Union has expend €20 million Euros in supporting recovery and strengthening of the education sector in Borno state.

The EU Representative, Mr Curt Cornelius reavelef this on Friday during the launching of the EU Support to Response , Recovery and Resilience in Borno state: Education Component, held at the Multi Purpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri.

He said the funding will support a flexible and responsive education programme that can effectively respond to the acute emergency education needs of children while laying foundation to build – back – better, so that as stability improves , communities are better able to demand quality education services, and public authorities are better able to deliver, and are held more accountable.

Mr Cornelius said “the Programme will be implemented by two consortia , one led by Plan International , together with Save the Children and Gender Equality Peace and Development Centre of Nigeria, and the other led by UNICEF, together with Norwegian Refugee Council and Street Child. ”

” Over 150,000 children and 2,500 teachers will directly benefit from the two new European Union (EU) funded projects aimed at providing immediate education services and strengthening the education system in Borno. The EU has earmarked €20 million through its 11th European Development Fund for the projects, launched this day by the Borno state Authorities”, Mr Cornelius added..

Also speaking at the ocassio the Country Director, Dr. Orji Okere Plan International , said over 118,000 children and 944 teachers will benefit from Plan International Nigeria’s new education project in Borno state.

“The three-year project is funded by the European Union (EU) and is aimed at providing access to safe, inclusive and quality primary and secondary education for both boys and girls in particular (aged 6-18) who have faced displacement.”, he said.

” The implementation is being led by Plan International Nigeria in partnership with Save the Children. At least 18, 000 children and youth who have dropped out of education will benefit from Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) in cohorts over the course of the project, 80, 000 primary and secondary school pupils will benefit from improved access to quality education, 12, 000 young people will benefit from life skills training and 4,300 will be receiving employability & business training.

“This is part of our commitment to support 100 million girls in Nigeria to learn, lead, decide and thrive in the next five years,” adding that it will help to bring down the poor literacy rate in the region.”

Dr. Okereje said “the project will renovate and rehabilitate 182 physical disabilities inclusive classrooms, construct 550 gender disaggregated, girl and disability friendly latrines, 16 new boreholes with hand pump, provide voucher based scholastic materials to benefit 23, 000 learners targeted, train and sensitize beneficiaries on hygiene practices”.

” Also, there will be provision of teaching kits to the 123 schools, and digni
ty kits to 14, 620 girls to encourage attendance limiting absenteeism related to menstruation.,” Mr Okereke stated.

In his remarks, Borno state governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum appreciated the series of intervention that had been carried out by the European union in the state before the present gesture.

While noting that the intervention is not a loan but grant from EU , he reiterated his administration’s commitment to for educational development of the state. END

 

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Gov. Buni Commiserates With Victims of Gujba Attack

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Gov. Buni commiserates with victims of Gujba attack

By Chullu Modu, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the Gujba attack.

The Governor described the victims as heroes who laid their lives in defence of their country.

“The government and people of Yobe state commiserate with the families of the brave securitymen who lost their lives in the attack.

“The sacrifice made by these brave heroes shall never be in vain” assured.

” Government will not be deterred by such attacks from executing programmes and policies in the interest of the people of the state” he said.

The governor assured his administration’s commitment to always work together with security agencies to safeguard lives and property of the citizenry.

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Gov. Buni Commiserates With Emir Of Fika Over Fire Outburst

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Gov. Buni commiserates with Emir of Fika over Fire Outburst

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Monday commiserated with the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe state Council of chiefs, Alh. Muhammadu Abbali ibn Muhammadu Idrisa, over unfortunate fire incident at the Palace.

Governor Buni described the fire inferno that consumed a chamber at the Palace as a great loss to the emir, the Emirate and the state.

“l am deeply saddened by the sad news of the fire incident today at the palace of His Highness, the Emir of Fika.

“However, we are all consoled and give thanks to Almighty Allah that no life was lost nor injuries recorded” he said.

The governor asked the Emir to have faith that this was destined to happen at this moment and prayed that it never happen again.

Governor Buni also prayed to God to replenish assets lost to the fire outburst

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Democracy Day: Borno NUJ Applaud Governor Zulum For Executing 556 Projects in 741 Days

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Democracy Day: Borno NUJ applauds Governor Zulum for executing 556 projects in 741 days

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ had applauded the Borno State Government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for executing 556 projects within 741 days in office.

The NUJ in a statement jointly signed by its chairman Bulama Talba and it’s Secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim said ‘”indeed this feat has no doubt justified the NUJ award in 2019 conferred on Governor Zulum as the Most Promising First Time Governor in the Country as well as other awards and recognitions within and outside Borno State due to the numerous peoples oriented projects on the ground.”

“As the Government and citizens celebrate democracy day the Union salutes their courage and resilience as well as never dying spirit which has gradually contributed to the restoration of peace in more communities with sustained programmes and prayers that should be further complemented with useful information to security operatives whom we expect to deal a final blow to end the insurgency bedevilling our dear state, the union stated.

The NUJ said “we appeal to the State Government to see reason to improve the processes of resettlement of IDPs to their original communities as well as the review the cases of local government civil servants affected by the ongoing verification by re-engaging them.”

The statement further said “We remind the public to be rest assured that all of the working journalists in Borno State remain ever dedicated to continuously push our pen to promote the interests and image of the State towards the full revival of its glory by the will of the Almighty Allah, Happy democracy day.’,

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